Homegrown authors tell how it’s done

COAST CITIES — North County authors Edith Fine, Arleen Lighthall and Faith McCune will share their personal journeys to becoming authors, “Using Inspiration and Creativity to Become an Author – Three Women Tell Their Stories,” 10 a.m. to noon, April 6 at the Cardiff Library, 2081 Newcastle Ave.The gathering is sponsored by the Del Mar-Leucadia branch of the American Association of University Women. Arrive at 10 a.m. for cookies and socializing. The program will follow a brief business meeting at 10:30 a.m.

Fine, an Encinitas resident, award-winning children’s author and former teacher, has written more than 15 books. “Armando and the Blue Tarp School,” a book she co-authored, was chosen as a companion book for One Book, One San Diego 2012. The book tells the true story of a young boy who lives near the Tijuana dump and a man who creates a school on a blue tarp for the local children.

Lighthall, a retired literature professor from Mira Costa College, recently published her first book “Tomorrow, My Son,” a historical fiction based on a true story. Lighthall’s family sent clothing to European refugees after World War II. In gratitude for a pair of galoshes, a German professor sent a thank you note. More clothing was sent to the Germans and a correspondence developed which led to the professor sending his war-time diary to Lighthall’s family. Lighthall’s book shares the struggles of the German family making its way to freedom in the west.

McCune will share how her life coach pushed her to follow her passion which led to writing “Duffy’s World,” a memory of her dog. She has a proposal at a publisher, has an editor looking over her manuscript and a screenwriter is talking to her about the possibility of an animated feature. She looks forward to talking about her journey, which has taken about a year so far.